2012 Dodge Charger SRT8: Up Close

The 2012 Charger SRT8 looks commanding upfront. Kudos to Dodge for reshaping and repainting the front bumper, creating visual continuity between the grille and lower air inlet. The rear isn’t as inspiring; it has a lot of different surfaces at odd angles and the results look slapped together. I’ve never thought Chrysler’s full-size sedans wore a rear spoiler well, either, and the Charger SRT8 is no different.

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However, these are minor things when you consider the 465 reasons to want this car. That’s the number of horsepower the 6.4-liter beast of a Hemi V-8 makes. Want one more? In the time it takes you to read this paragraph out loud, the SRT8 does the quarter-mile.

The sport seats feel a lot like the ones in the last Charger SRT8, so they ought to provide plenty of lateral support in sweeping corners. I hope the metal-and-leather steering wheel makes it into all of Chrysler’s SRT products. It has a thick, flat-bottom rim and thumb grips at 3 and 9 o’clock. Very cool. The paddle shifters sit adjacent to the stereo’s seek/volume buttons. I predict most drivers will mix the two up … exactly once.

Introducing a car with over-the-top power has been a dubious exercise in the past half-decade, representing reckless waste in a world turned green followed by needless extravagance in a world turned broke. I can’t vouch for fuel efficiency; Chrysler says this will be a little better than before, but that’s little reassurance given the old Charger SRT8 got an EPA-estimated combined 15 mpg.

Instead, look forward to this: In its final year on the market, 2009, that Charger SRT8 ran $38,970. Even if the 2011 Charger SRT8 eclipses $40,000, which it probably will, a full-size sedan with this much power for that sort of price is in a class all its own.

Comments 

Such a beautiful car!

Soakee

But it STILL has too many doors.

Sheth

I don't see what's garish or overdone about this car. What would you want a 465hp car to look like? Its styling fits the mission of the car perfectly.

Belly

This thing looks like a train (wreck). The front is one car, the middle is another, and the back is a caboose. It looks so disjointed.

I do like the lights on the back, but that is about it.

H

Not really a fan either.

blevins26

I don't know if the pictures do this car justice. I can say that up close and personal the R/T version is sick. On the inside, it is an amazing improvement. If you are a fan of American muscle cars, you will love it!

Gary

THis thing is awesome, I already got one ordered as soon as they get the paperwork in. 470hp all motor...add a twin screw supercharger an you got a street killer car!

d

racing sequential turn signals on the rear lights would have been kewl!

Doug S

I love it...except the five speed auto is over ten years old. I will wait until next year when the new 8 speed auto will be offered. For close to $50k what was Chrylser thinking.

OKNAHS

CHRIS CARDIGES

IF THEY HAD A 2 DOOR VERSION...MAYBE...THEY WOULD REALLY CREATE A BUZZ LIKE THE CHALLENGER...THEY WOULD SELL THEM HAND OVER FIST TO NEWCOMERS AND DIE HARD MOPAR PEOPLE...

Thank you Dodge for re-designing the interior. That was the main reason preventing me from purchasing this car. I mean, I spend so much time in the car, I want an interior that is stylish and convenient. I do love the front grill, however I would get some performance wheels and brakes (not sure what the brakes are stock) as well as lower the ride a bit (the back seems too high). And of course, a killer sound system. I think Dodge did a pretty good job

waw it's a great car of 2012 doge..

miguel

about how much is this car??? i like it a lot!!

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